Guide to RCUK Open Access publishing and funding

Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils, now requires that we move to comply with the expectation that outputs appearing in peer reviewed journals or conference proceedings arising from research that was funded wholly or partially by a RCUK grant should be made freely available online (or “Open Access”). This page provides background information on the RCUK policy, together with advice for Bristol researchers on how to meet these requirements and how to reclaim the cost of Open Access fees (Article Processing Charges or APCs) charged by publishers.

Bristol supports Open Access to research as part of its mission to be recognised globally for the quality of its research.

Bristol has fixed funds from RCUK to support the cost of Gold Open Access for RCUK-funded researchers.

The 'Green' route is freely and equally accessible to all researchers via subject specific repositories or Bristol's own repository, PURE, and this will be at the core of Bristol's emerging institutional policy for Open Access to research.

Please note: The following guidance was based on the revised RCUK guidance issued 8th April 2013.

Quick guide for Bristol researchers

Quick link: RCUK open access fees claim form (UoB access only) - see section c above.

Background information and further details

Need more help?

You may find the following communications and FAQs answer your questions. If not please contact the Library by emailing for further information and guidance.

Open access communications

Our Open access communications page includes copies of communications sent  out concerning  open access:

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RCUK Open Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does this apply to my paper?

How can I find out?

Gold and Green routes to open access


Money and the block grant

The wider context

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